Signs along the shore (plus one)

One popular genre of photography which I’ve occasionally dabbled in is shooting vintage signs — especially those mid-20th-century beauties that are clearly past their prime but still evoke nostalgia for one’s childhood. One of my favorite efforts was the Jules Motel sign in Clearlake, California, which I photographed and initially shared back in 2017. I treasure this image because even […]

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Temple of Kwan Tai, Mendocino

It was easy enough for me to find this brightly painted (and lovingly cared for) historic site along Albion Street in the village of Mendocino. According to The Hiker’s Hip Pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast by Bob Lorentzen, the first Chinese arrived in this area when their boat, headed for the gold rush, was shipwrecked on the Mendocino coast. […]

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More from Mendocino Woodlands

I wrote about a month ago about our forest hike along the Big River in Mendocino County. here are a few more of the photos I shot on that outing. Even though at the time we weren’t sure exactly where we were or where our chosen trail was taking us, we had a great time and the scenery was really […]

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High tide at Moat Creek

September 2022 — I had come to the Moat Creek coastal access point, just south of the town of Point Arena in Mendocino County, hoping to explore the tide pools. Since I found high tide covering the area where I had hoped to poke around, all I could do was look about for some other cool details. And it wasn’t […]

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Return to the headlands

When we visited Mendocino back in May 2022, the waters off the headlands might have been described as a sort of milky turquoise blue. Ten months later, the color of the ocean was closer to pewter — at least on this particular afternoon. I had only a short amount of time to say my goodbyes to the sea before we […]

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Grace Hudson Museum: A sampler

Last Wednesday I featured an episode of Huell Howser’s Road Trip in which he visited the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, so today I thought I would share a few of the many wonderful things I saw there on my recent visit. Though relatively small, this world-class museum is packed with so many amazing artifacts and works of art that […]

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The Adventure Continues… Ukiah

Back in the 1990s the Big Guy and I briefly considered relocating¬† from the Sacramento Valley to the area around Clear Lake, and the city of Ukiah (on U.S. 101, about a 30-minute drive from the lake’s north shore) looked to me like an attractive option. We never actually moved, and I never even managed to visit Ukiah — until […]

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